Our 1973 list of fastest cars is very different from our 1972 list. The primary reason for the disparity has to do with the variety of vehicles tested by Consumer Guide in the early Seventies.
The numbers are in, and 2016 was another banner year for light-vehicle sales in the U.S. All told, American consumers purchased more than 17.5 million new cars and trucks.
DETROIT – Volkswagen has taken the wraps off an all-new version of its compact Tiguan compact crossover. The popular little truck was introduced to the American market for the 2008 model year and hasn’t seen much change since then.
DETROIT – Luxury automakers have left few stones unturned in their endless quest to develop new crossover SUV segments. One niche yet unexplored is about to be exploited by Audi.
DETROIT – Mercedes-Benz revealed a refreshed version of its subcompact GLA crossover in conjunction with the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroir. The smallest of Mercedes’ seven crossovers, the GLA was introduced for 2014.
In 1962, color television broadcasts were still a relatively new and novel feature. So new, in fact, that Disney dubbed its prime-time Sunday-evening program “World of Color.”
Whether you’re examining mainstream brands or luxury makes, the traditional full-size car category is one of the smallest classes in autodom for 2017. Before the rise of SUVs and crossovers, however, large cars were the preferred family haulers. Looking back at Consumer Guide’s historical review coverage reveals a level of diversity in the class that’s surprising by today’s standards. In fact, for 1970, Consumer Guide divided the large-car segment into four groups: Standards, Medium Standards, Luxury Standards, and Prestige.
You probably haven’t seen much tire advertising lately, and there’s good reason for that. Modern tires typically last more than 50,000 miles, meaning most consumers don’t do all that much tire shopping.
General Motors wasn’t having an easy time getting the buying public to take its small-car offerings seriously in the 1980s. Its J-Car lineup, launched for the 1982 model year, provided all five retail-car divisions—including Cadillac—a modern entry into the subcompact arena. Sadly, the little front-drivers were plagued by quality issues and often dismissed by younger shoppers.
It’s tough to say exactly when Toyota became a mainstream brand. I would argue that the Japanese carmaker shed its niche-market “economy-car” image in the U.S. when it rolled out the inaugural Camry in 1983. With the Camry, Toyota had a product that could be cross-shopped directly with popular U.S. model vehicles.